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Bobby Lea makes U.S. track cycling history in Mexico

Bobby Lea claimed third place in the men’s omnium at a UCI Track Cycling World Cup meet on Sunday, the first American men’s omnium World Cup medal in history.

The meet took place in Guadalajara, Mexico and was the first stop of three. The 31-year-old Lea won Saturday’s individual pursuit race, part of the six-event omnium.

Lea rode to sixth in Sunday’s kilometer time trial to move into third overall with two races left. He then battled hard in the flying lap and the points race to secure bronze.

On the women’s side, seven-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Sarah Hammer took sixth in the omnium. Like Lea, she won the individual pursuit on Saturday.

Two other Americans, Matt Baranoski and Mandy Marquardt, failed to advance to the finals of the men’s sprint and women’s keirin.

The World Cup resumes Dec. 5-7 in London.

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